President Bola Tinubu has emerged as the new Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Tinubu was elected during the 63rd Ordinary Session of the regional bloc held in the capital of Guinea-Bissau, Bissau, on Sunday afternoon.
In his acceptance speech, Tinubu emphasized the importance of democracy, stating, “We will prioritize the significance of democracy as it is a challenging yet essential form of government.” He received the handover documents from the outgoing chairman, Umaro Embaló, the President of Guinea-Bissau.
The ECOWAS Chairmanship is a rotating position held by a head of state or government from one of the member countries, serving a one-year term. Former President Buhari held the position from 2018 to 2019.
While the role of the Chairman does not grant executive powers, it holds strategic importance in conflict resolution and advocacy. It serves as a liaison with the President of the ECOWAS Commission, responsible for implementing ECOWAS policies and decisions on a day-to-day basis.
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